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Greg Strobel "Make a Weight" Challenge starts tomorrow, Feb. 10!

by Greg Strobel Leadership Academy

USA Wrestling, in partnership with the Greg Strobel Leadership Academy encourages your participation in the Greg Strobel ‘Make A Weight’ 30-Day Challenge. Participate in the challenge by signing up and getting pledges. The challenge begins tomorrow, February 10, 2021.


Greg Strobel was an outstanding athlete, coach, mentor and ambassador to the sport of wrestling. The effect he had on the sport of wrestling is just as important as the impact he had on peoples' lives off the mat. His passion for the sport superseded wins, records, or awards as his focus lied in the preservation and continued development of wrestling, its athletes, and those that love the sport.


Every year Greg challenged himself to make his college wrestling weight to demonstrate the importance of Discipline, Accountability and Consistency, while also enriching the lives of others by fostering positive relationships, making connections, and creating a Family atmosphere within the wrestling communities he served. He loved this sport. More so, he loved the people who shared in his adoration of what the principles of wrestling teaches others.


To honor his commitment of creating and teaching others a Lifetime of Good Habits, the Greg Strobel ‘Make A Weight’ 30-day Challenge has been named in his honor. Funds raised will go directly to the Greg Strobel ‘Beyond the Mat’ National Teams Leadership Academy, which has been created to continue Greg’s legacy of teaching others and unleashing human potential in all areas of life for current and future National Team athletes.


Founded on the core beliefs of one of our sports greatest athletes and coaches, the Greg Strobel Leadership Academy is a training and development program focused on supporting our Senior Level USA Wrestling Athletes by learning, discussing, and sharing experiences around the core values of family, accountability, discipline, and creating a lifetime of good habits. Funds raised for this program will directly support the development of curriculum, a guest lecture series, and other program expenses. Similar programs are in development for our USA Wrestling young adult and 12U age groups.


The 30-Day Challenge will run from Wednesday, February 10 – Thursday, March 11, 2021. Sign-up today!

Get involved.

There is no better time than the present to sign-up and get your ‘Family’ of donors to contribute! Click HERE to register your participation. The goal is a minimum of 10 donors to sponsor your fundraising efforts – either per pound, total pounds lost, or a flat donation.


Don’t have 10 donors yet? Don’t be discouraged! Make a list of ‘who’s who’ among family, friends, and colleagues and ask for their support. You don’t need 10 sponsors to sign-up. The most important detail is to participate!


Want to sign-up as a Donor? Click HERE to complete the Donor Sign-Up form. Simply enter the name of the person you want to sponsor.


This is a great way to bring family and community together in honor of a great friend and colleague. As Greg would say, “it’s a beautiful thing”.

Choose a goal weight

With a 4 – 8 lb. weight loss goal over 30 days, this challenge is about creating healthy habits through consistency and goal setting. USA Wrestling recommends no more than 1 - 2 pounds weight loss per week. If you have a very low percentage of body fat, those numbers could be lower. If you ever have doubts on how much weight you can safely lose in 30 days, we recommend consulting your physician to determine a safe weight loss plan.


As quoted by a former wrestler, “If you’re as tough as Coach Strobel, you will make the weight you competed at in college (if you wrestled). Coach Strobel would make his college weight class every year on his birthday. It was his way of ensuring he was disciplined and as tough as the day he won his NCAA title, as well as showing the" athletes he coached that he practiced what he preached.”


Create a workout plan that fits your lifestyle

For the duration of the challenge, the goal is to work out a minimum of 3 – 6 times per week. You pick the duration and type of workout that best suits your lifestyle and goals.


“Coach always told us we needed to continue working out when we finished our wrestling careers and suggested that we work out 6 days a week for our lifetime.” As athletes he would say that, “we were practicing to win matches, but also working to create a lifetime of good habits.”

Hold yourself accountable

Post one or more times per day on social media using #StrobelStrong. You can also add content, photos or videos via our Google Form – simply click HERE.


Be creative – post your daily workout routines, healthy eating tips and ideas, current weight loss achievements, a story about the Strobel Family, a picture of the Strobel’s, or anything you believe ties to the spirit of the challenge would be appropriate.


Find out more about the challenge by visiting these social pages!


Twitter: @StrobelLegacy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/246251190234994

Instagram: @strobel_legacy_project


Donate today

If you are making a one-time donation you can donate at any time during the challenge – simply submit your donation via USA Wrestling’s donation page. Click HERE to donate now. Alternatively, you can send contributions to USA Wrestling to the following address: Greg Strobel Leadership Academy, USA Wrestling, 6155 Lehman Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918